French media say that thousands have been evacuated as floods continue to threaten homes and businesses across the Paris region. French authorities say that areas along the Loing River, a tributary of the Seine, have seen waters rise to levels unseen since 1910, when a massive flood swamped the French capital.

Media reported evacuations in the town of Nemours, about 50 miles south of Paris. Broadcaster iTele said 400 firefighters and police were on the scene removing people from damaged homes, and France’s meteorological service said Thursday that severe flood watches are in effect in two Paris-area departments, or governmental regions: Loiret and Seine-et-Marne. Eight more departments, including three on the German border, face flood warnings as well. READ MORE